• Bill will allow state agencies to share data

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

  • Senate has been especially efficient this year

    By Senator Steve Newman

        The halfway point of the legislative calendar, crossover, is upon us.  The pace in the Senate was quicker and the floor sessions longer. 

  • Bill opens door for Safe Families for Children

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This week, we passed the thirtieth day of our 60-day session, with both the House and Senate finishing work on bills submitted by their respective members.  Traditionally, the days leading up to crossover, the halfway mark on the legislative calendar, feature the longest floor sessions of the year.
        As the House of Delegates completes work on all its bills, several of the ones I submitted advanced through the process.

  • House works constructively across party lines

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        This is a transitional week in the General Assembly, as each chamber begins considering the bills of the other chamber, in the process known as crossover. It is a transitional week for me as well, as I return to my seat in the House of Delegates following surgery at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston.

  • Dealing with a touch of ‘senioritis’

    By Foster Garrett

  • Why are we still in Afghanistan?

        On Jan. 27, an ambulance rigged with a car bomb exploded in Kabul, Afghanistan, and killed more than 100 people. The Taliban later claimed responsibility.
        This happened again despite the presence of the U.S. military in that country, which has been there now for 17 years, ever since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks here.

  • Build the wall

        Congress, including “Democrats,” needs to stop playing politics and get on board President Donald Trump’s immigration reform program. It also needs to take action on the status of the so called dreamers.
        “Democrats” need to learn to put the good of the country ahead of their political party. They  need to stop focusing on scoring political points against Republicans and secure our southern border and that means building President Trump’s wall.

  • Letter 02/07/18

    Local ‘fake’ news

        I don’t know who is having the worst time dealing with fake news, President Trump on national political news, or myself on local news covering Bedford County.
        Two weeks ago, after spending $42 million to pump water from Smith Mt. Lake, the residents who were forced to drink recycled water from Roanoke, were asked to conserve water. After my groundhog attack dog & I took a tour of the full pond on Stoney Creek reservoir we realized that this article was fake news.

  • Medicaid expansion proposals defeated

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        Legend tells us that George Washington explained to Thomas Jefferson that the purpose of the United States Senate to “cool” House legislation just as a saucer was used to cool hot tea. The difference between Washington and Richmond is more than 100 miles and our pace in the Virginia Senate this year has been nothing short of blazing.

  • Final budget vote slated for March 10

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

        It’s hard to believe we are already into the month of February!  The General Assembly session is progressing quickly. We have just over a week left until “Crossover.”
    Crossover is the point at which both the House and Senate can only act on bills that have passed through the other body. Committee dockets and House Floor calendars have been long over the last week as each house works to complete action on their own legislation. The exception to Crossover is the budget bill.